The world is changing, and so are we. Over the past 100 years, a lot has been happening -
discoveries, inventions, patents - all with one purpose, one goal - to make the world a
better place for us, humans. But even with everything so transient, knowledge is one
thing that remains. Then why is it that the very foundation of this knowledge is based on
an orthodox system that’s been stagnant for decades now?
The education system of India has overly exhausted its limited resources and deficient
schools of thought. It's designed to build great careers, but not great minds. The problem
with this is that students are taught to believe what they're taught, not question it, hence
keeping them from unlocking their true potential.
“Liberal education strengthens the mind and furnishes it with perspective, judgment, independence, and a tolerance of other viewpoints.”
Liberal studies are the breakthrough that the current system, in its explicitly exploited
state desperately requires. We've been taught to learn facts, not offer or criticize opinions.
Liberal arts, at the most basic level, teaches its students to think critically. It builds what
is called a humanist approach towards any presented facts and opinions, where a
conclusion is drawn only after analyzing multiple perspectives.
Liberal arts promote the development of not only an aware society but a conscious one.
The difference might be a thin line, but the whole point is to realize the importance of
that silver lining. In times like these, change is the only thing that’s constant, and to keep
growing, we need to keep changing. Liberal education offers the flexibility for this very
change. It asks not only the question of ‘what’, but also ‘why’, adding another dimension
to the knowledge one is equipped with.
The uncertainty of the current times cannot be stressed enough, no matter what
formatting I use. When something grows, it discards more than it ingests, with the world
growing at rate never seen before, no role, no job is permanent. It is a matter of time
before everything we do is replaced by Artificial Intelligence. The background
information learned in a liberal arts education gives one the knowledge to excel if they
are ever made to find work outside the field in which they specialize.
A liberal arts education creates a well-rounded individual. The experience of studying a
wide range of material creates opportunities and allows for personal evaluation.
Broadening one’s knowledge in vast areas develops communication, problem-solving
skills, and social responsibility regardless of intended careers. It teaches students to
synthesize, accept, learn and tolerate unconventional beliefs, something that would help
them adapt to unusual or unfamiliar situations in future as well. If liberal arts education
were replaced with specialized education, in universities, it won’t only be the students
would be at a disadvantage, but the society as a whole.
Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the
liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts
It’s important to remember that, while there is a demand for STEM students and
specialized degrees, liberal arts is the new safety net one could fall back into, and avoid
being replaced by machines.